Electronics, Hong Kong
Avoid Shop 112 Parsons Technologie, 1st Floor, Bad Experiences with that Camera Shop
While buying a camera the seller gave me a good discount, I was already suspicious as the price
dropped 400 HKD. So I waited with the payment until i saw the box and checked out the camera. Then suddenly the seller tried to talk me into a camera which he said is much better and newer and so one.
Of course I knew this trick, so i did not fall for it. The camera was worth about 500 HKD less, as the modell we agreed on. As I insisted of the camera i orignally choosed, the seller made some pictures with glare to show me the bad quality of that camera model wanted and also said its only in chinese. As I said i have no problem with that and so one, he then said he can not sell me the camera, the price he quoted was for the english model. (Lol, of course the english model is much cheaper :-). And he will refund me the price on my Credit Card. Beware of those Salesman with this attitude. He probably is quite succesfull in talking clients into other models,
do never fall for this, you can never win.
I was told by several people that if you are looking to buy electronic goods, then this is the place to go. It is once again easy to get to via the MTR, get off at Sham Shui Po Station, take Exit C2 and markets are directly on left or right, you cant miss them. We were looking to check out prices of the ipads or equivalent, and even though they may have been marginally cheaper than in Australia, we did not buy anything. I guess if you were serious about buying electronics and you really knew your prices, this place is worth at look. Corner of Fuk Wa and Keveilin Streets.
Unlike other commercial stores, this one gives big discounts on electrical goods and lots and lots of freebies (mini carpet, key rings, spare battery&earphones for mobiles etc)
I bought my Sharp phone there and I've saved around 20-30%!
Friendly and helpful staff. If you be extra nice and charming, they may give u huge discounts!
What to buy: Top range of mobile phones, PDA, MP3, Plasma, LCD, D.camara etc
What to pay: Best to shop around first ;)
A couple of years ago I bought a portable DVD and some other devices for my laptop from Star House. There are some consumer electronic shops in the Star House. It is located the next Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Shui. There may be bigger and maybe better places, but this was inexpensive so you should check this place.
People should be aware that the no fakes sign, or a tourism approved sticker in the window does not mean it is a reputable shop. Mostly the electronic shops in Nathan rd and surrounding side streets are operated by Triads. A little commonsense will alert the would be buyer to the following things. The name above the shop is usually SONY NIKON Canon etc there is no company name. The goods are all unpriced and usually not very well displayed. The shop is always overstaffed by somewhat rough looking individuals very often smoking and eating in the shop. This is not because they are so busy, this is to intimidate and prevent people from causing trouble later. The people in the shop are very rough speaking and often quite rude. the goods are always more expensive than anywhere else. They still operate the switch tactic which means you choose something, decide to buy it, they then make an excuse to go out back, or get it from another store for you, and while they are missing they replace your chosen item with another one, usually faulty or sometimes just a copy. Once you have paid you are usually on your own. the police may come if you call them but seldom will you get a result. The gangsters parading in shops will intimidate you and even threaten you and this will definetly ruin your vacation. How do I know all these things, because I lived in Hong Kong for 20 years and watched time after time gullible tourists with pocketfulls of cash get screwed and then call the police and nothing ever happens. Avoid thesed shops and save yourself the hassle and your cash. The places in the Golden Arcade in Sham Shui Po are generally better, not always, but usually. I have been shopping there for years without incident buying everything from phones to computers, software etc etc
When buying computers in Hong Kong there is only really one place that has it all.
The Golden Compute Centre in Sham Shui Po.
Use exit D2 of the Sham Shui Po MTR station and walk forward about 50m. The 1st floor is the main area and there is a narrow staircase up to this level. The ground floor and basesment have software and consumable shops but you need to go upstairs for the hardware.
There are number of other computer centres in Hong Kong such as those in Wan Chai or Star house or you have the Fortress and PCCW stores however when you ask for anything specific they will always refer you to Sham Shui Po.
What to pay: Less than normal.
Like your electronics and gadgets? Then this is the place to come. The Electronics Market is really a street called Sai Yeung Choy Street in Mongkok which runs parallel to the Ladies Market street on Tung Choy Street but instead of being a series of market stalls, it's full of conventional shops. These shops sell everything such as cameras, mobile phones, mp3 players, PC's, lap-tops, TV's...you name it, they sell it. Yes, there are a whole load of other shops dotted around the city but this is really the place to come is you're into this sort of thing.
Any small shops.
What to buy: Being careful when purchasing cheap electronics
i'd recommend checking the price of ur product at every store and bargain for the lowest price you think ur product is worth. like if u're looking for a camcorder, and they say their asking price is $4000 HKD, bargain for $3000 or even lower. they set the price high because they know u're going to bargain with them. travellers who dont bargain for the lowest price will just get ripped off. DO ur research on the product u want to buy. some of these hong kong sales are not honest.
the street they sell electronics in Sham Shui Po is Apliu St. if u're planning to go to there to shop, do NOT go to Golden Choice Co. OR Autumn Harvest Co. OR AV Express. these 3 stores are under the same company and they're not honest at all. if u tell them u're not satisfy with ur purchased product, they give u horrible attitude and just say to u "too bad". and if u want to exchange for another product, u have to paid an additional $400 HKD for their service. so u've gotta watch out.
What to pay: Always do some research online on the product you want to buy. Hong Kong sales know that travellers will bargain, so they will set a high asking price. Remember to bargain, if they say your 'willing to pay' price is too low, then simply walk away, they will FOR SURE lower their asking price.
If want to buy sports shoes, clothes etc, can go to "Sportswear Street" on south part of Fa Yuen Street Mong Kok, where you can find trendy sportswear and sports equipment. Opening hours around 12pm - 11pm. Nearest MTR exit E2.
For the latest audio-visual, electronic and telecommunications products, head for Sai Yeung Choi Street South. Opening hours around 10am - mid night. Nearest MTR exit E2.
What to buy: Along the Sportswear Street, there are many shops where you can buy different kinds and brands sports shoes, clothes or sports equipments etc. And the price is reasonable.
And there is many electronic shops along Sai Yeung Choi Street South. You can find new models of electric appliances for cameras, cell phones, video cameras etc.
Cameras tend to be more expensive in HK than in shops back home, esp when considering the warrentee. However, there are several stores selling used lens and camera bodies that you just won't find in most cities. In the USA, you have to go to NYC to find large stocks of used Nikons and Canons. HK has sevral shops that have a huge inventory of most Japanese SLR cameras, going back to the early 1960s. One is next to Ka Chun Dispensary, near Kowloon Park, in TST.
You won't find much in German product however. I cannot locate used Leica, Contax, or Rolli equipment.
The shop mentioned above currently has a 600/5.6 Canon for about $45,000HK. Lots of old Nikon F2, F3, and F4 bodies. Canon bodies and lens. Worth looking into if you are in the market for used equipment.
What to pay: The pricing of used equipment, esp. Nikon and Canon, is close to what you pay in NYC. The advantage is, you ar here and can look at it, and if you bring your old SLR with you, try the product out before you purchase it. A big advantage over ordering online or by phone for something you can't see.
Basically when shopping in kowloon its pays to go shop to shop to comapre prices,never never pay the first price always bargain and try to bring price down, this people are use to tourist.
What to buy: i bought ipod and cameras from this place , but i compared the price from other shops and managed to bring price down by 35% .They sell cameras,video,audio,telephone and latest gagets. If you visit this place then ask for jack ,he is more helpful and he would bargian if thats your game.
What to pay: bargain , never pay too much.
Sai Yee Street, Fa Yuen Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street, is where you will find nothing but audio/visual equipment stores. The choices are wide and the prices are better, however be mindful of scams.
Getting there :
Take the MTR to MongKok Station and head for the Bank Centre exit to get to Sai Yeung Choi Street or Take the MTR to Prince Edward Station and head for the MongKok Police Station exit or exit B1 or B2 to get to Yuen Po Street.
Electronic shops in Kowloon on Nathan Rd. and other near-by streets offer a variety of products. I have been buying electronic products in Hong Kong for more than 20 years, and I suggest the following:
1. Before going to HK, check the various products/models in your country's stores, examine their manuals (even use them and return them, if posiible) and decide on at least a couple of models you like.. Also, check their prices on the Internet for these products/models that you like, and keep in mind that prices for the SAME model/product vary depending on the country in which the product was manufactured.
2. In HK, before shopping at small street shops, first check the prices of models you examined in your country at much larger stores; they are generally fixed and lower than the prices of small street shops. Never buy products if you do not know their prices in your country, unless you are willing to risk paying more.
3. If you consider buying a product/model you had not shopped for back home, keep in mind that the best source of information about a product is the product's manual (make sure it is the correct manual), not what you hear, so it is important that you spend time at the shop reading the manuals before buying and signing off any papers (agreement).
4. Make sure you buy the EXACT product you have examined or shopped with ALL its parts/accessories described in the manual, and it is compatible with your country's system (PAL, NTSC). (Friends have bought products such as cell phones that did not work in their country).
What to buy: If you happen to find a product at a lower price, ask yourself if the lower price is worth the following : (a) not being able to return or exchange it, (b) the possibility that the product will not operate properly in your country, (c) warranty might not be valid in your country, (d) repair facilities or parts might not be available, if model is not popular, (e) inability to purchase extended service warranty. I have had my camcorder that I purchased in HK repaired in Bangkok several times, where the can get parts and repair costs are cheaper.
BE CAREFUL. Avoid buying electronic products in small street stores, where you are very likely to be "ripped-off". If you decide to shop at any of them, be aware of selling tricks salespeople use at these shops, like Welltime EV Centre, on Nathan Rd., where I recently had a very unpleasant experience. After buying acamcorder and signed the "no excange, no return" forms, the salesman asked me to wait a few minutes to charge the battery. While waiting, I was approched by a different salesman, who started telling me all kinds of negative things about he camcorder that I had purchased. The second salesman suggested that I buy a more expensive model because of all the model's "wonderful" features that he told me and my friend who as with me at the store. After haggling and getting him to lower the price by about 30%, I decided to pay the difference to buy the "better" model. Needless to say that this model not only did not have or could do what the salesman had indicated, but I also saw the same model upon my return in the USA priced at 30% less than I had paid! Make sure you know you examine the product and its price in your country before shopping in HK, especially in small shops.
i have been to most of the south east asia and china. Due to the peers, i had a myth too that singapore market is cheap. but coming over to HK, i realized, so long i had been sleeping.
i bought canon EOS350D for 7800HKD from broadway, timesquare in causeway bay area. Advantage i got purchasing from broadway was 1 kit bag, 1 gig SD Card, tripod stand and a extra battery along with international warranty of 1 year and 2 years local warranty if within HK. i mean this was worth a deal against SGP market or in Shenzhen market. In shenzhen, wherein i live at presently, i was getting only lens and the body for 6330 Yuan. but the warranty was only for China mainland. i mean at any time 7800 HKD deal was much better. in Sgp Sim Lim plaza i was getting whole kit for around 2700 SGP dollar...i mean thats a fortune when i compare to the deal i got in HK.
What to buy: 1. www.tincheungcamera.com.hk - is a genuine shop, pretty good infact, person knows camera stuff pretty cool and proffesionals seldom drop in here to do thier local purchases.
2. broadway - http://www.ibroadway.com.hk/ this is where i purchased my camera. as said, there are always offers going on. i mean, if you are a sensible buyer, you wont paying 100 HKD more and getting more like i got...along with camera, i got kit bag, 1 gig mem card, extra battery and a tripod stand too... you can try your luck in trying out bargaining, if salesman is really cool, you might just be lucky...so dont shy from asking for favours ;)
3. fortress - http://www.fortress.com.hk/en/home.html Similar to broadway, but its more professional shop... offers like i got in broadway are very limited in fortress. when i purchased from broadway, fortress wasnt offering any. :( hence i selected broadway
4. Wing Shing - Wing Shing Photo Supplies (MAP)
57, Sai Yeung Choi St.
Mong Kok, Hong Kong
TEL: (852) 2396-6886/6961
FAX: (852) 2856-3977
Prices here are 10 percent below market prices, if u want polite and kind salesman, ask for SImon Tang.
What to pay: so as i said, try your luck. try to bargain. if salesman is cool..u might get lowered prices.